MIA Hugo Chavez in 'Critical' Condition
Daughter, mother reportedly travel to Cuba
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2011 8:39 AM CDT
Cuba's Fidel Castro, left, pays a visit to Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez at a hospital in Havana, Cuba, Friday June 17, 2011.   (AP Photo//Cubadebate)
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(Newser) – Hugo Chavez is in critical condition in a Cuban hospital, according to reports in Miami's Nuevo Herald. The Venezuelan president, who triggered health rumors earlier this month after he dropped out of view for surgery on a pelvic abscess, is "critical, in a complicated situation," reports the paper. Chavez's daughter and mother "urgently" traveled to Cuba aboard an air force jet, reports Fox News; his brother, meanwhile, says Chavez is "recovering in a satisfactory manner," but could not say when he would return home.

There is no confirmed diagnosis, but Fox points to rumors of prostate cancer. Chavez's normally prolific Twitter account fluttered to life Friday for the first time in 20 days, likely in response to rumors. "I'm here with you during the hard battles every day! Until victory always! We are winning! And we shall win!"